Monday, September 22, 2008

Where are the men?

One thing struck me about Abortion foes begin to make their case in Russia. Why are all the efforts about getting women to carry their babies to term? Why aren't they making any effort to prevent unwanted pregnancies? To persuade men to accept contraception? Why do Russian men derisively refer to condoms as "rubber raincoats" and refuse to use them? Why don't Russian women have more power in their relationships to negotiate contraceptive use?

Here is one clue:
The government is desperate to persuade citizens to bear more children. Russians are dying faster than they're being born, a trend that has emerged as one of the most serious challenges faced by this sprawling, scantily populated land.
Why not make their country a better place for mothers, with and without husbands? It's just easier to blame the women for selfishness.

2 comments:

  1. If I remember correctly, Russian men don't have to pay any kind of child support, so all the pressure to support the child is on the woman.

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  2. My bad, I guess they are required by law but generally not paid since they are difficult to collect and income is easy to hide.

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